cartrackworld.com – what car £3-4k
The Astras look nice, but both diesels and petrols have dual mass flywheels, which rather put me off.
I’d be inclined to look at Golfs and A3s, they tend to be pretty reliable, hold their money well and sell easily when you want rid.
The Focus and Astra will probably get you more car for your money now, and fall further over time…Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
Mondeo 2L petrol (well, someone had to say it).
Lovely to drive, not uneconomical and lots of space. Plus you get more for your money than with a mid-size car.
I’d get another one tomorrow if I had to go back to a car.
Go for Zetec, Ghia or other special editions rather than the basic LX.Posted 4 years ago
Imminent change of job means I need to purchase my own car. Not a big budget £3-4k as money is tight. Thinking a petrol Astra, Focus, Vectra etc? Any car makes to avoid? Never been keen on Citroen, Renault, Peugeot etc but they may have improved since I last bought my own cars?Posted 4 years ago
I’d be inclined to look at Golfs and A3s, they tend to be pretty
reliableexpensive to repair and parts are asteonomical but because people pay so much to own a premium car they will spend silly money repairing them, hold their money well and sell easily when you want rid.
Milage is key on shitroens
I have no issue with them in poverty spec and if you expect them to last about 100k …. Afterthat they fall apart quickly ime
Add complex electric gizmos your asking for trouble.
Dont touch molgrips passet – see the long thread of doom on here 🙂Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
If you can find a nice one in your budget- they’re not that common- a Focus with the 2 litre tdci in it is a wonderful thing. Not fast fast, but fast enough, so drivable. Unfortunately, almost everyone bought the 1.6 petrol focus, and it’s pretty grim.
Astra feels like it was made out of beer cans but they’re great value.
You didn’t really tell us much about what you want though… Do you actually like driving? Want to carry around bikes, tools, family, wardrobes, nothing at all? Economy or go? Big or small? Do you want to overtake people without having to wait in the queue 😉Posted 4 years agoConquerorMember
If one is assuming you aren’t intending to rag it all the time.. then perhaps a Honda Jazz might be worth a look
Boot is pretty big. Lots of old people buy them as they are reliable – so yes may not be “cool” and not good for ragging it 😆 but should be reliable and return good mpgPosted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Unless your doing 20k+ PA I’d buy a petrol Focus or Mondeo.
More car for your money & cheaper to fix if it does go wrong.
Petrol because no turbo, no fancy injectors & the DMF’s in the clutches last longer. Fall unlucky enough to have to replace all three of the above & your looking at your whole car budget.Posted 4 years ago
Takisawa makes a good point. That’s exactly the reason I bought a petrol. Meanwhile both my brother and friend that bought diesels have had to pay for new turbos or a replacement DPF.
Northwind, the 1.6 petrol is fine. Not the fastest thing granted but more than adequate. In fact in some ways I prefer it to the 2.0 petrol mk 1 I had before.
The petrol version is normally cheaper to buy in the first place too, even when comparing older cars, so something else to factor in, to the buying process.
Tony, I’ve replied to your email. 🙂Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
Go for Zetec, Ghia or other special editions rather than the basic LX.
Not sure about that – when we bought our Mondeo we couldn’t really justify paying extra for the same car but with fake wood on the dash, shinier door pillars and colour coded door handles. Quite happy with the LX.Posted 4 years agop8ddyMember
Ford Focus is the pick of the bunch. VW/Audi diesels also have dual mass flywheels. They’re also overrated. The A3 is a golf with lipstick on and inflated service charges and neither are reliable (owned a mk4 gti and a mark5 gti from new, mk4 was much better built. Also owned an A3 tdi from new and it was as unreliable as the mk5 golf…ie very)…
Vauxhall’s reliability is still suspect but I have no experience of em.
Kia’s are nice tho, and you’d still get one in warranty, but my pick would be the focus. It’s an excellent and reliable car.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@p8ddy – each to their own but as someone who’s had many vw’s over the last 30 years I cannot rate them highly enough, have an a6 Quattro now, had it 7 years 110k miles trouble free. Excellent inexpensive non dealer servicing. Looks and feels nearly new, rock solid. Probably going to buy my mates a3 in December when he switches to a new company car and sell the a6 as don’t need such a big car.
OP I’d look around for a good Seat or Skoda, great valuePosted 4 years agojoolsburgerMember
What do you actually plan to do with the car? Do you have kids, need a big boot, are you doing big mileage, do you want something fast, economical seems hard to recommend a car on the basis of 3-4k to spend. At one end of the scale you could have a pretty recent Ford Fiesta or at the other a BMW 750i with 100+K on the clock.
My default position is to recommend whatever Honda you can afford. I like Hondas proper QC at the factory, cheap to buy and to run with your own money. Accord petrol with a 2.0 or 2.4 i-vtec lump,(all chain cam engines) keep it oiled and get one with FSH and your good for 250k + without a murmur.Posted 4 years ago
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